citizens stay at least 50 miles away from the nuclear plant while japanese officials have that radio set at 20 miles. government leaders say this does not show a lack of confidence in japan. however, recommendations is what the u.s. government would use if a similar situation happened here. congresswoman spoke about the tragedy today. >> my concern is, first, the loss of lives. secondly, there is people that need help. third, we have an issue with a nuclear reactor. we as a country have a lot of resources, and japan has been a great ally of ours, and we are going to do whatever we can to help them. >> federal officials say they will be adding more radiation monitors here in the western u.s. and pacific territories just as a percussion. >> now, maryland's most powerful doppler radar and the forecast certified most accurate fire weather rate. >> a little murky out there in parts of the area tonight, but rain free.